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Do 3.5" HDD Read Heads Park? Need to Ship External Drive..

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April 23, 2009 11:13:46 PM

I have a Hitachi Deskstar HDT721010SLA360 1TB internal drive that I put in a Rosewill external case. I need to ship it to Denver, and then have it shipped back to me. Do these drive read heads park, like most 2.5"'s do?

It should be ok to ship if I pack it decently, right?
April 23, 2009 11:40:56 PM

wooderson said:
I have a Hitachi Deskstar HDT721010SLA360 1TB internal drive that I put in a Rosewill external case. I need to ship it to Denver, and then have it shipped back to me. Do these drive read heads park, like most 2.5"'s do?

It should be ok to ship if I pack it decently, right?


im pretty sure all drives built in the last 10 years auto park the heads when powered off.
a b G Storage
April 24, 2009 2:40:50 AM

They park, but not necessarily on a ramp. They park on a section of the disk without data. It should still be OK to ship though, as long as you pack it decently. For example, the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 desktop drive is rated for up to 350G of nonoperating shock, which is actually quite an impact.
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a b G Storage
April 24, 2009 3:17:15 AM

To my knowledge all hd's park the head. If there was a problem with shipping them i doun't think there would be so many online retailers shipping hd's all over the country.
April 24, 2009 7:23:11 AM

Yes, all harddrives park. In old days it just had to be done manually by issuing a command to the harddrive. Today it is done when the power goes out.
a b G Storage
April 24, 2009 10:37:32 AM

For a long time, all drives use a spring loaded voice coil positioner instead of a stepper motor. When the power goes off, spring retracts the head assembly so that the heads automagically land on an unused portion of the hard drive.
April 24, 2009 11:50:54 PM

Thanks so much, shipped today.
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